Tag Archive | Vegetable

“A Bean Is a Bean!”

Gift…

Ok… so I thought it was likePea Pod“… Sugar Peas or Snow Peas … I had eaten them many times… Greenin a podkinda sweet in taste… Yummy with oriental foods   or just as a side compliment vegetable to most any meat…

WRONG!… Not the same thing… Pretty green color… after preparing them… And thank goodness I read the directions or they would have been thrown in the garbage…

I had heard the name… wasn’t quite sure what kind of bean it was… but, a bean is a bean or so I thought…

This bean was first documented in 1275 by a Japanese Monk , Nichiren Shonin … A parishioner had brought them to him and he replied with a thank you note…

It’s name means “twig bean”… and is supposed to be nature’s “Perfect Food”…

It is a complete protein. It’s rich in fiber, and heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fats. It’s rich in plant-based protein, gluten-free, low in carbohydrates and is diabetes friendly. Most importantly, it is said that they tastes great and are fun to eat!

Well… Everyone to their own opinionabout the taste and being “fun” to eat…

I bought them in the vegetable frozen foods department… “Looked so yummy”, as I said… and would go great with the meat dish I was preparing…

They were a Steam-Fresh product of Birds Eye“… That was good sign…”Birds Eye” is  known for fresh tasting vegetables… Picked at their peak of tenderness and would have the fresh flavor we all crave…

Steamed (microwaved) in package like directions said…

You steam them in the bag by microwaving them… so you really don’t know what they look like… After reading the directions I knew I would be shelling these beans… Isn’t that why I bought them… No more work than needed???…Oh, well… I hadn’t read the “how to prepare” directions until after I got them home…

Removed all of the shells by popping (squeezing) out the beans…

After shelling them… I had to run a little cool water over them to be able to handle them… They popped right out and were a perfect fresh green color… I was wondering if there would be enough for three people… but, as it turned out… there were plenty!… Didn’t look like any that I had seen…  

Edamame” …

“twig bean” (eda = “twig” + mame = “bean”)

Yes, I had heard that name… but, I still didn’t know they were young soybeans… I always say, “I’ll never be too old to learn one new thing every day!”… and now you have to…

Pretty green…a little nutty taste and crunch when eaten…

Ok… So you knew this already… Just appease me… please… Thanks for reading!

Tuna Sandwich and Vegetable Soup Please…

Memory…

When my sister and I were younger we could have lived on tuna fish sandwiches  and vegetable soup … It’s all we ever ordered on a vacation we took to New York  one time… Every time we stopped at a restaurant we would first look at the menu and then ask, “Do you have tuna and vegetable soup?”… and most of the time they did!… I believe our parents got a little frustrated with our continual choice of food… but, we were happy  

So guess what I will be having today???…

I started with some good lean stew meat for my base… browning it in a little oil

Browned with onion in a little oil…

… then adding some chopped onion… and topping it off with some Lipton Onion/Beef soup mix… and enough water to cover the meat… Adds great flavor for a beefy tasting soup…

Onion soup mix added and simmered…

I let this cook down… letting the meat get tender… before adding… one can of petite diced tomatoes… My guys like tomatoes… but, we all prefer smaller pieces in our soup… a small can of tomato sauce to add a little more tomato flavor… Cooking a little longer at a low simmer…

Tomatoes and sauce added…simmered again…

And then finally adding a package of frozen vegetables combined just for Vegetable Soup… The package contains… Tomatoes, potatoes, corn, carrots, small butter beans, okra, onion and celery… So complete and just enough for a good size pot of soup… Salt/Pepper to taste…

 Frozen Vegetables added and cooked till meat is tender and vegetables hot… 

Tuna fixings  are in the cabinet and fridge… won’t take a minute to put together… So supper will be ready when anyone wants to eat… Summertime

is about eating when YOU want…

Where’s the spoon???

because we are so busy… having fun outside… shopping…. visiting and running errands… None of us on the same schedule…

That’s OK with me!